Ignite 2017 Pre-Day Training – SharePoint and Office 365 Hybrid Scenarios

Join myself, Neil Hodgkinson, Spence Harbar, Bob Fox, and other industry experts for a Microsoft Ignite pre-day training on implementing hybrid scenarios with SharePoint and Office 365.

Cloud computing has become a popular way to reduce capital and operational expenditures, renew IT innovation, and gain the advantage of more rapid software delivery to meet the needs of business. However, compliance, data sovereignty, sensitivity concerns, or a significant investment in customization may limit your organization’s ability to take advantage of this. Today you can maximize your on-premises investment by upgrading to SharePoint Server 2016 and using hybrid scenarios in Office 365 to seamlessly leverage the cloud. This pre-day workshop is designed to give you the deep technical knowledge to deploy SharePoint Server 2016 as well as design and implement the latest hybrid scenarios including search, auditing, taxonomy and more.

Attendees will receive instructor led training on best practices for implementing a variety of hybrid scenarios and workloads, training materials, to include documentation and presentations and a each, a dedicated lab environment including a SharePoint Server 2016 farm and an Office 365 Tenant that can be used to complete hands on labs during and after the event.

Space is limited, register today https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/ignite/agenda.

Secure your information with SharePoint and OneDrive

Today at the SharePoint Virtual Summit, we unveiled the latest innovations for SharePoint and OneDrive, including powerful integrations across Office 365, Windows and Azure – and while we continue to drive forward with a cloud-first, mobile-first vision – security and compliance are at the foundation of everything we do.

Microsoft has been building enterprise software for decades and running some of the largest online services in the world. We draw from this experience to keep making SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business more secure for users, implementing and continuously improving security-aware software development, operational management, and threat-mitigation practices that are essential to the strong protection of your services and data.

The collaboration landscape has changed. Connectivity is ubiquitous and the ability to work remotely has become an ingrained part of the work practice. People have come to expect to be able to access email and documents from anywhere on any device – and for that experience to be seamless.
While this has been an enormous boost to productivity, it also presents huge challenges for security. Previously, businesses needed to concern themselves with a firewall that ended at the corporate boundary. Now that boundary has shifted to the end user. Businesses need to ensure sure that corporate data is safe while enabling users to stay productive in today’s mobile-first world, where the threat landscape is increasingly complex and sophisticated.


SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business are uniquely positioned to help you address these evolving security challenges. To begin with, Microsoft has continued to evolve with new standards and regulations. This has been a guiding principle as we think about security for SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business. Right alongside that principle is this one: There is no security without usability. If security gets in the way of productivity, users will find a different, less secure way to do their work.

SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business allow your organization to go beyond its regular business rhythms and be nimbler in responding to market changes and opportunities. These solutions enable users to access the files and documents they need wherever they’re doing work, while sharing and collaborating in real-time. And you control and own your data while Microsoft takes care of it – click here to explore the many options SharePoint and OneDrive provide to secure you and your information and then read our eBook Securing your content in the new world of work with SharePoint and OneDrive.

What’s coming next with Administration and Manageability?
In Q4 CY2017 we will begin rolling out the new SharePoint admin center. From the home page, you’ll notice just how much better it is, with interactive activity reports, Message Center posts, and a health dashboard tuned to the needs of SharePoint administrators.


You’ll easily find and work with the dozens of SharePoint settings the service gives you to configure sharing, access, and the service. And we know you’ll love the dynamic new Site Management page, which lets you view, filter, and edit the configuration of all of your SharePoint sites, including sites connected to Office 365 groups.


What’s coming next with Security and Compliance?
The rapidly-changing security landscape means that your organization’s content – its knowledge – is being shared more broadly, and accessed from more devices and more locations, than ever before. We’re committed to the security, privacy, and compliance of your data, and we continuously innovate intelligent ways to protect your content, and to empower you to govern and manage information. Last month we announced label-based classification for information management policies, which enable a more dynamic governance of content across SharePoint, Exchange, and Skype, and Microsoft Teams.

Today we announced upcoming support for customer managed keys. In Q4 CY2017, you will be able to host your own key in Azure. That key be used to further encrypt your data in Office 365, so that should you choose to leave Office 365, you can revoke the key and your data will be inaccessible to the service.

We also announced that conditional access policies will be coming to site collections. These policies allow you to define access based not only on user and permissions levels, but also based on the device , the user, or the location. Conditional access policies can currently be applied to your Office 365 tenant as a whole. In late CY 2017 we will allow you to define these policies at the site collection level, so that you can manage security on a granular, use-case basis.

Watch the short video here that demonstrates and shares more details about these investments and hope to see you at Microsoft Ignite where you can learn more about what’s next for security, compliance, and administration for SharePoint and OneDrive.

SharePoint Server 2016 and beyond…

Today at the SharePoint Virtual Summit, we unveiled the latest innovations for SharePoint and OneDrive, including powerful integrations across Office 365, Windows and Azure – and while we continue to drive forward with a cloud-first, mobile-first vision – we’re excited to also announce new innovation for our customers on-premises.

When we launched SharePoint Server 2016 in May of 2016, we shared a vision of a server that was cloud-born and future-proof.  A new, modern version of SharePoint that shared a codebase with SharePoint Online enabling us to deliver at a more rapid cadence.  Innovation that is born in the cloud, innovation to help you succeed with the cloud, and most importantly, innovation based on your feedback.

Over the past year, we’ve made significant progress against those goals, shipping our first Feature Pack, Feature Pack 1, introducing compelling new cloud coexistence capabilities, and making SharePoint Server 2016 available via the Microsoft Azure Platform Gallery.

Get technical resources for SharePoint Server 2016 at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc303422%28v=office.16%29.aspx.
Learn more about Feature Pack 1 at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt744526(v=office.16).aspx.
Jump start your journey to the cloud at http://hybrid.office.com/.

Up Next
Just as we innovate for business users and IT professionals, last week we unveiled new capabilities for developers and partners to extend SharePoint experiences and build custom applications for SharePoint and Office 365. We enhanced the SharePoint Framework with new extensions for sites and libraries. We added endpoints to Microsoft Graph, and new webhooks.  You can learn more about these announcements at dev.office.com.

And, today, we announced that we will bring the first components of the SharePoint Framework to SharePoint Server 2016 with Feature Pack 2, later this year. This will enable developers to use a modern, client-side development model to create web parts and solutions that can power new solutions on-premises, in hybrid experiences, and in Office 365.

While Feature Pack 1 was one that delivered IT innovation to our customers of SharePoint Server 2016 with new compliance, coexistence, and deployment investments, Feature Pack 2 is designed to bring the latest developer investments with the SharePoint Framework.


Watch the short video here that demonstrates and shares more details about these investments and hope to see you at Microsoft Ignite where you can learn more about what’s next for SharePoint on-premises, in between, and in the cloud.

Q: When will Feature Pack 2 be available?
A: Feature Pack 2 will be available in Fall 2017.  Stay tuned to http://blogs.office.com/sharepoint for updates.

Q: Will there be another version of SharePoint on-premises?
A: We’re committed to our on-premises and have no plans to make SharePoint Server 2016 our final version of our on-premises server.

Introducing the new SharePoint Admin Center

Today at the SharePoint Virtual Summit, we unveiled the latest innovations for SharePoint and OneDrive, including powerful integrations across Office 365, Windows and Azure.

Innovation in the cloud drives tremendous business value, and it delivers new capabilities to the IT professionals who work tirelessly to support, configure, administer, and secure their organizations’ content and services.

We’ve built Office 365 with global scale, exceptional reliability, and support for compliance across every industry and geography. On top of intelligent security that keeps your service and content protected and private, we give you granular and dynamic controls so that you can manage access and distribution of your organization’s sensitive information. We’ve equipped you with detailed activity and usage reports. And we’ve brought the innovations born in Office 365 to SharePoint Server with out-of-the-box capabilities and connected, hybrid experiences.

While our new user experiences are designed to be simpler, more intuitive, and more powerful we also believe administration should be just as simple, just as intuitive, and just as powerful, and to that, later this year we’re introducing a completely revamped SharePoint Admin center that draws heavily on our modern principles. An administrative console designed to help IT achieve more, so their users can achieve more.

The redesigned “Home” is designed to surface the most important information and quickly help you discover some of the most important information about the service, both its health, and how your organization is using SharePoint Online.


Site Management
Borrowing from the modern List experience in SharePoint Online, the new Site Management page promotes ease of use and flexibility – a one stop shop for viewing and managing some of the most important aspects of SharePoint Online sites.  You can now sort, filter, and discover information about your sites and their activity.


At the foundation of SharePoint is sharing, and we’re bringing sharing controls to the forefront of administration. Closely aligned with the OneDrive Admin Center, our sharing controls are designed to help your users make the most of their work all the while making it easy for you to control the flow of your organizations information.


Device Access
If you’re complacent, you’re likely not compliant – however, we believe compliance shouldn’t get in the way of collaboration and over the past year have introduced several new conditional access policies across user, location, and device pivots to help you secure access to your information. With the upcoming SharePoint Admin Center, you can quickly access and use these policies to address your unique business needs.


To learn more about conditional access in SharePoint Online https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/wbaer/2017/03/13/security-and-compliance-in-sharepoint-online-an… or to explore more security and compliance scenarios visit https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=848765. When you’re done exploring, be sure to read our new eBook “Securing your information in the new world of work” at https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=849048.

We’ve taken the many settings available to you for SharePoint Online and grouped and isolated them to simplify how you manage some of the more discrete options for the service and sites.


To see more of the new SharePoint Admin Center check out the video below and to learn more be sure to register for Microsoft Ignite.



New MAXPATH limits in SharePoint and OneDrive

Last month we announced support for # and % across SharePoint and OneDrive (https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/wbaer/2017/04/06/new-support-for-and-in-sharepoint-online-and-onedrive-for-business/) and now in addition to adding support for # and % we’re also increasing MAXPATH or otherwise SharePoint and OneDrive’s Url path length restrictions from 256 Unicode code units to 400.

This new limit section applies to the total length of the URL path to a folder or a file in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business but not to the length of any parameters. Also, these limitations apply only to un-encoded URLs, not to encoded URLs. There is no limit to encoded URLs in SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business.

For additional information on SharePoint Url composition, refer to the details below:

The total length of a SharePoint URL equals the length of the folder or file path, including the protocol and server name and the folder or file name, plus any parameters that are included as part of the URL.

The formula is as follows:

URL = protocol + server name + folder or file path + folder or file name+ parameters

For example, the following is a typical URL path to a file stored in SharePoint:
Where the parts of the URL path are as listed in the following table.

URL part  Example
Protocol http://
Server name www.contoso.com/
Folder or file path sites/marketing/documents/Shared%20Documents/Promotion/
File name Some%20File.xlsx